Month: July 2010

Conch shell smugglers caught by Sri Lanka Navy

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Sri Lanka Navy nabs two smugglers of conch shells in the seas north of Thalaimannar, North West of Sri Lanka recently. According to the Navy Headquarters the arrest was made by the Navy’s Fast Gun Boat (FGB) “Ranawickrama”, which was on a routine patrol in the Northern waters. Sri…

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Matara tense as Uni students protest

Derana News – Pix by DM online Ruhunu University students who began a massive protest from the university premises over the alleged death of a fellow student due to a police assault has come to a halt at the Matara main bus stand. The Ada Derana reporter in the area stated that there is tension…

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New Office complex, Library and a Health Centre for Beliatta Pradesheeya Sabhawa.

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by:Nalin Hewapathirana) A.H.M. Athaullah, Minister of Local Governments and Provincial Councils and Namal Rajapaksa, Hambantota District MP presented a cheque for Rs 1.3 million to Cyril Munasinghe, Chairman of the Beliatta Pradesheeya Sabhawa as an initial payment for the construction of a new office complex, Library and a…

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President Rajapaksa felicitates spin wizard Murali at Galle cricket grounds

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a special visit to the Galle International Cricket stadium this afternoon on July 22 and congratulated the spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan (Murali) who made a World Record of 800 Test wickets on the final day of the first Test between…

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Sri Lanka to sell billion-dollar bond: government

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka plans to sell a billion dollar sovereign bond this year to offset expensive short-term foreign loans, the government said Thursday. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the cabinet approved the move this week, but did not announce a formal date or the tenure of the proposed bond issue….

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Murali gets 800, Sri Lanka win by ten wickets

Pic by Reuters Sri Lanka 520 for 8 dec (Paranavitana 111, Sangakkara 103) and 96 for 0 (Dilshan 68*) beat India 276 (Sehwag 109, Murali 5-63) and 338 (Tendulkar 84, Laxman 69, Malinga, 5-50, Murali 3-128) by ten wickets You are eight wickets short of entering a territory where no other cricketer has left a…

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Lanka needs to do more

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says Sri Lanka needs to take more steps to encourage greater reconciliation and greater democracy and also noted the need for improvements in media freedom. Blake noted that achieving reconciliation will be a key element in peace and one part of achieving…

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Murali’s wife says she’s simply proud of her husband’s achievement

Galle: This may be Muttiah Muralitharan’s last Test match but the veteran off-spinner seems as cool as a cucumber. His mannerisms may suggest otherwise but the iron man is a picture of calm out in the middle. Up in the stands, in the cool confines of the VIP box, the 37-year-old’s family is simply not…

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Onlanka Radio has launched

The new local internet radio channel for Sri Lankans in all over the world officially launched last morning. The station broadcasts from studio in Battaramulla Sri Lanka. The new station is staffed by a number of names from Onlanka Members, including Rayan, Ranga, Anuruddhika, Udaya, Kaushi and Shani….

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Etisalat expands with US $ 163 m project

Etisalat Lanka has initiated a massive network expansion program and this will cover 480 new 2G sites. The project commenced on a cost of US$ 163 million over the period of the next six months, making it one of the largest and most significant investments by a single entity following the end of three decades…

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Sri Lankan Opposition for Executive Prime Ministership

CHENNAI: The main Opposition parties in Sri Lanka are recommending that an Executive Prime Ministership be formed in the island nation, the former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, has said. He spoke to journalists on Tuesday at the airport here ahead of his journey to Ladakh….

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‘UN advisory panel an an attempt to put a foot in the door’

Interview of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Regarding the Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General by Matt Abud of Radio Australia MA: Ok. So may be just for some background first. There has been a lot of discussion around the Panel that Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has set up to look at alleged war crimes or…

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Moon Mulls Over The Sri Lankan Issue

“You are not getting my point. I ask, what happens if he dies? There are thousands in the Third World who die of starvation each day. Millions, each year — because they have nothing to eat.” Seated in his plush suite atop the glass tower housing the UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary General Ban…

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Hurulu Forest Reserve: Fire destroys 2,500 acres; Arson suspected:

A bush fire in the Hurulu Forest Reserve, Habarana affected over 2,500 acres yesterday, with officials claiming that there was a strong possibility that the fire may have been caused due to an act of arson. Two helicopters from the near by Sigiriya Air Force and Civil Defence Force personnel were called to control the…

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VIOLATING COSMETIC DEVICES AND DRUGS ACT: 90 PHARMACIES IN COURT

Court cases have been filed against more than 90 pharmacies after raids were carried out since the beginning of the year to nab those who violate the Cosmetic Devices and Drugs Act. Director of the National Drugs Authority (NDA), Dr. Hemantha Beneragama said that more than 120 pharmacies had been inspected during special raids conducted…

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All eyes on Murali

Sri Lanka’s legendary off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was the cynosure of all eyes as he began his farewell Test match against India at the Galle International Stadium yesterday. As bad weather delayed the start of the match by half an hour, Muralitharan walked into the middle to a rousing welcome with warm congratulations from the…

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